Reading & Writing

Just finished Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus (having read the precursor, Sapiens, a few months back).  My mind has been expanded…or exploded…or crushed…still trying to work it out…but like waoh man…

Rich conceptual fertilizer for my current writing project – a science fiction short film.

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Argyle Crown presents…

I’m now officially also a writer and director.  AND this is the first project from my newly minted production wing, Argyle Crown.  Enjoy.

Birdwatcher is a short film I’ve had in the works for a while.  The title is slang used by British Intelligence for a spy.  The plot: dinner for two, deception for one.

The story was inspired by a painting by Alexander Pope, The Fox – Fair Game, which features in the film and poster. Other inspirations include the low-light photography in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (below left) and 17th century Vanitas paintings (below right: Vanitas – Composition with flowers and skull by Adriaen van Utrecht).

Give it a Shot

I was invited to write a role for Dominic West in a new film being produced by Dana Brunetti…this is true…sorta.

OK, OK, here’s the realz:

There’s a competition called Jameson First Shot.  It’s been running for a few years and targets emerging filmmakers, particularly writer/directors.  Entrants must write and submit a script about the great and/or unexpected things that can happen when you fear less and let life in.  Each year a well known actor is involved and scripts must feature them in a key role – this year it’s Dominic West.  Three winners get to direct their films with the help of Dana Brunetti, his team and Mr West – wouldn’t that be sweet?

Judging by the track record of previous winners I don’t expect to be selected.  However, I do think I have a supah script and even if nothing happens, it’s been time well spent:

I had a writing brief and a deadline to work towards.  Now I have a script ready to develop and a point of conversation if I ever find myself in an elevator with Dana or Dominic.

Be a producer

You don’t have to sit around waiting for someone to give you a role.  My buddy Rob Oldfield is a great example of this – he’s made a number of short films to showcase his talents and ideas.  I’ve been involved in a few of them and this week he had a role for me in his latest short film, “Josh”, which sits in the suspense/horror genre (he’s a big fan).

I play a ghoulish character, but can’t share much more just yet (Rob wants to avoid spoilers).  The ‘set-selfie’ above is of Rob and Jean Wong (DOP) – lots of fun working with these guys.

We wrapped after the last tube, so I had to catch two buses home.  No, I didn’t catch a cab – I’m a ‘brassic’ actor.  Home by 02:00 then up again at 06:00 to get to a marquee job in Wimbledon…thinking I should follow Rob’s example more.